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The Directors Conference seeks to promote best practices in board governance through presentations by industry experts and co-op leaders and through peer networking opportunities.

Directors Conference offers nationally recognized speakers and a robust choice of breakout sessions tailored to directors' oversight role. Connect with your fellow directors in Nashville, Tennessee, to collaborate, share new ideas and address the evolving challenges facing electric cooperatives.

Featured Keynote Speaker

Jacob Ward, NBC News technology correspondent on the social implications of technology will discuss how artificial intelligence is changing the way we live and think.

The former editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, Ward writes for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Wired. His ten-episode Audible podcast, Complicated, discusses humanity’s most difficult problems, and he’s the host of the four-hour public television series Hacking Your Mind, about human decision making and irrationality–streaming via PBS and Amazon Prime Video.

Previously, Ward was a 2018-2019 Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he worked on "Black Box: Bias, AI, and the Fight to Amplify Humanity," which explored the unintended ways artificial intelligence amplifies good and bad human instincts.

Ward is the author of The Loop: How Technology is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back (2022).


Here's what past Directors Conference attendees had to say about the event:

"Best conference to engage with fellow directors across the country, and the conference is designed for the directors."
Randy Sexton, East Kentucky Power

"It is a great opportunity to understand ALL of the issues facing co-ops today. Also to understand industry risks, the economy and what to expect in the future."
Danise Fairchild, Claverack Rural Electric

"The classes, sessions and conversations with other board members from across the country are far and away some of the most enlightening and informative information you can get. The casual conversations with other board members, along with hearing the questions that they ask, open your eyes to new ways of thinking."
Kent Kramer, Consolidated Cooperative

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Keep the engagement and learning going with courses designed just for directors, available online.

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Registrants, speakers and sponsors: Help spread the word about Directors Conference with our social media kit. Use the hashtag #CoopDirectors in your posts and tag NRECA.

Looking to earn credit?

Directors Conference attendees will be awarded one continuing education credit toward Director Gold Certificate renewal. For course credit toward Director Gold renewal, directors must register individually.




Registration Fees

Online Registration Note: For course credit toward Director Gold renewal, directors must register individually.

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A major center for the music industry, especially country music, Nashville is known as "Music City." A creative, welcoming spirit defines this city of storytellers and dreamers, making it an ideal location to explore.
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